Extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike the Indian state of Odisha (formerly Orissa) since Phailin in 2013. AMURT’s relief team jumped into action immediately after the storm made landfall on May 2nd, 2019. They started by clearing trees from the roads and went on to distributed food and non-food items. Read more
Cyclone Idai crashed into Mozambique on March 14, causing catastrophic flooding which has killed more than 500 people in the country and affected over 1 million survivors. For the past week, an AMURT team has been working in partnership with the Maputo Rizwan Adatia Foundation from Maputo in distributing food and hygiene kits to some of the 90,000 Mozambicans who have taken refuge in temporary shelters. Read more
The disaster in Indonesia has claimed 2,100 fatalities and 680 are still missing. Moreover, 68,451 houses were damaged or destroyed displacing 222,986 people. AMURT Indonesia supports the disaster recovery by training kindergarten teachers in trauma reduction, self-care and creative activities for the children once they come back to school.
The heart of this child-centered approach lies in the child’s right to choose from among various options, what activity he/she would like to do, with the stipulation that the child must complete the activity chosen before moving on to pick another activity.
Since August 2017, targeted violence and serious human rights abuses forced 700,000 Rohingya to flee Myanmar into Bangladesh, joining the 230,00 refugees already there. The majority are under 18.
AMURT is active in the large refugee camps and has provided health, child protection, education and psycho-social services.
In the front lines of human despair, the role of the NGO worker is as essential as it is gratifying. When the tumultuous turns of an unforgiving world seem to declare that all hope is to be lost, a myriad of men and women step forward ready to attend to the downtrodden. But what drives them? There lies the untold story of working in disaster situations.